(from Goodreads)
“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”



Marissa Meyer, you had me at cyborg Cinderella!
So Cinderella has come a long way since her Brothers Grimm days. She’s transformed from a girl in a dirty smock to a highly efficient mechanic who lives in New Beijing. And really, who needs a glass slipper when the prince can have a glass foot.
This retelling is based very loosely on the originally story, except for the evil step mother, two step sisters, a prince and a ball there’s nothing else that’s taken from the original story. There isn’t as much of romance as one would expect a fairytale to have, which is alright because I’m sure it’ll be made up for in the next book.
What’s so special about Cinder? Well, it’s not her skin, or her hair or her dainty little feet. It’s not even that she’s cyborg! What’s special about Cinder is that she is immune to a plague that has been killing loads of people, and has even killed her step sister Peony. And also that she’s not actually from Earth, but could possibly be the dead niece of the tyrannical lunar queen. I’ll be honest, it was pretty easy to predict that Cinder would be the mysterious dead princess Selene. Oh yeah, and the prince is in love with her. I’d say they have had too little interaction to be in love, so for now it’s more likely that they just find each other attractive. There’s this evil part of me that wants her to ditch the prince by the end of the tale!
I think it’s a rather interesting story. It’s no doubt very predictable, but I think the author’s style of writing keeps you hooked on.

Did you like the story? Do you think Cinder will get her happily ever after?


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